Archive for the ‘BC Transit’ category

First hydrogen fuel cell bus in Whistler

November 19, 2009

ED. $100 million of taxpayers money wasted.  Time to use the limited transportation funds to actually solve problems, rather than experimenting on hydrogen – a power source rejected worldwide. This just more window dressing for 2010.

Pique Newsmagazine

By Clare Ogilvie

Whistler commuters will see the first hydrogen-powered bus by the end of the week.

It is already in town and undergoing commissioning.

“Everything seems to be going well,” said Joanna Morton, spokesperson for B.C. Transit.

“…In a month or so we will be seeing all 20 (hydrogen-powered buses) up there so we are quite excited.”

It is hoped that those riding the bus will be able to get information about the hydrogen power source and how the bus works, she added.

The ride is expected to be smoother and quieter than regular diesel buses. The only emission is water.

Once the buses arrive in Whistler, they will be kept at the new transit facility currently under construction near Nesters Road, for which the municipality is required to pay half the costs, over a 30-year period.

The $89.5 million hydrogen bus project is being funded with $45 million from the Government of Canada and $44.5 million from the province and B.C. Transit.


Stephen Rees article

Langford versus regional planning

November 14, 2009

Goldstream News Gazette

By Edward Hill

Regional transit and trail projects are falling afoul in Langford as the city butts heads with planners at BC Transit and Capital Regional District Parks.

BC Transit is moving ahead with its Victoria Regional Rapid Transit plan without a Langford leg clearly in place. For the E&N rail-trail, Langford has asked CRD Parks to stop work on the project, which broke ground in late October.


New buses cancelled

November 10, 2009

Peace Arch News

By Hannah Sutherland

Two new buses connecting White Rock with Langley and Guildford have been cancelled.

The 531 – which would have run directly between White Rock Centre and Langley – and the 399 B Line – which would have run from White Rock Centre to Newton Centre, Surrey Central and then Guildford – were introduced to Peninsula residents last May during an information session hosted by Coast Mountain Bus Company at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

The 531 was scheduled to begin service in December, while the 399 B Line was to be launched next March, after the 2010 Olympics.

“Anything to do with expansion is pretty much out the window right now,” TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider said Monday.


– Nuisance claims serious for P3 projects

October 22, 2009

National Post

Work on the Canada Line rapid transit system in Vancouver in 2007. A recent court ruling made the systems owners liable for losses by a local business. It cost them $600,000.

Work on the Canada Line rapid transit system in Vancouver in 2007. A recent court ruling made the system's owners liable for losses by a local business. It cost them $600,000.

Donalee Moulton

Noise, inconvenience and disruption go hand in hand with construction projects. Now, a spring ruling from the Supreme Court of British Columbia may make those everyday realities a very costly component of doing business for public-private partnership (P3) projects in this country.

In Heyes v. City of Vancouver, the province’s Supreme Court ruled that the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., and InTransit BC were liable for adversely affecting a local maternity clothing business — a finding that cost them more than $600,000. The case is under appeal.

“This was a nuisance claim,” notes Dianne Saxe, an environmental lawyer based in Toronto. Such claims, she says, have been out of fashion for some time — principally because of government statutes prohibiting them.


All aboard!’ in Dallas, Seattle, Portland

October 9, 2009

ED. Why are we in Vancouver being forced to build heavy rail? We need public debate on the future of transit and transportation in this province, not ill-informed politicians dictating what’s best for us. Of course, we still talking about trains rather than advanced PRT technology, which hopefully will be the next improvement after we give up on 18th Century rail.

The Columbian – Vancouver, WA

John Laird

Light-rail critics might have difficulty answering this question: If light rail is such a wasteful boondoggle, shouldn’t the systems around the nation be contracting and even closing?

Instead, the reverse has been happening for more than 25 years, and the pace of growth is even accelerating. Last week in Dallas, a 28-mile light-rail line opened and — as Texans are wont to brag — they’re calling it the longest light rail project on the continent.

Up in Seattle, light rail has taken many years to develop, but its recent launch and imminent growth are remarkable. A 14-mile line from Seattle to Tukwila opened in July. In December the line will extend 2 miles to the SeaTac Airport, offering a 36-minute ride from downtown to the airport. In the next seven years, a north extension to the University of Washington is planned, and voters have already approved new lines to Lynnwood, Federal Way and Redmond.

Last Saturday in Portland, TriMet opened the 8.3-mile MAX Green Line to Clackamas Town Center. About 40,000 people showed up for free rides on Saturday. Paid ridership on Monday was light, as is typical on new lines, but weekday Green Line ridership is projected to reach 25,000 in a year. Just since 2000, MAX has added 20 miles of service with 34 stations, expanding one of the nation’s top light-rail systems to 52 miles and 84 stations. A seven-mile light-rail line into Milwaukie is next on the drawing board.


– Ballard’s Fuel Cell Module Powers The First BC Transit Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Bus

October 6, 2009


VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) congratulates BC Transit, the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and its consortium partners on the introduction of the first bus in BC Transit’s fleet of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses. Representatives from Ballard were on site as Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled “Bus 1” on Friday, October 3, 2009 in Vancouver. BC Transit’s fleet will become the largest single deployment of zero-emission fuel cell buses worldwide and it is powered by Ballard’s heavy-duty fuel cell module, the FCvelocity(TM)-HD6.